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    Glasses Full of Rye: Lionel Rogosin's "On the Bowery"

    Under the steelwork silhouette of the Third Avenue El, bums splay out across doorjambs in mid-afternoon; anyone who has scraped together enough money already has their binge underway. It’s a few stops downtown from P.J. Clarke’s and Don Birnam’s apartment in The Lost Weekend, but formally it’s another universe—shots of winos being scooped into police vans seem cut-in direct from life, seemingly surreptitiously filmed; people, buildings, everything in sight shows marks that could only come of long, terrible attrition. There are no open-armed, redemptive Jane Wymans here, only men, specimens in advanced states of decay, in-and-out-of-Bellevue t...

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    The Social Network Early Reviews: Suspenseful, Absorbing, Compelling, Oscar Frontrunner

    Film Comment's Scott Foundas got the ball rolling a month before David Fincher's The Social Network was set to open the NYFF ("big and brash and brilliant") on September 24. And Rolling Stone's Peter Travers swiftly offered up a juicy Tweet quote: “David Fincher’s Social Network is the 1st film I’ve...

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    Bruno Ganz To Be Honored by European Film Academy

    Younger folks probably know Bruno Ganz best from those endless YouTube Hitler parodies taken from Oliver Hirschbiegel's Downfall (2004); but he is one of the world's great actors and thus I am delighted to report that the European Film Academy will honor the legendary Swiss actor at their European F...

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    TIFF: Lionsgate and Roadside Buy Redford's The Conspirator

    Lionsgate specialty division Roadside Attractions has bought U.S. distribution rights for Robert Redford's historical thriller The Conspirator, which premiered in Toronto last Saturday.

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    Toronto Day 7: Minute by Minute

    Each day at the Toronto International Film Festival (September 9-19), indieWIRE is publishing a frequently updated dispatch from Toronto.

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    TIFF '10 | Director Denis Villeneuve Brings Masterful "Incendies" Back Home

    Quebec director Denis Villeneuve received a standing ovation from a clearly stunned audience following the premiere screening of "Incendies" on Monday evening in Toronto. Last week it received raves during its sneak in Telluride and the film received praise and a standing ovation in Venice. Certainl...

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    Boris Karloff's Assurance

    dvd review: THRILLER: THE COMPLETE SERIES (Image Entertainment)

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    My fairly decent Toronto: 7+ Good Films

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    Tribeca Institute & HBO Announce New Character-Driven Doc Grants Totaling $100,000

    The Tribeca Film Institute has announced a new documentary fund, the TFI Documentary Fund, presented by HBO, which will award $100,000 in fellowships and grants to character-driven documentary projects. The submissions for the TFI Documentary Fund open today, with an early submission deadline of No...

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    Toronto Review | Death, Marriage, & John Cameron Mitchell: Eckhart and Kidman Sustain "Rabbit Hole"

    The outlandish inventiveness of John Cameron Mitchell's previous films are barely discernible in "Rabbit Hole," a relatively tame but nonetheless admirable drama sustained by convincing performances and steady direction. Compared to "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" and "Shortbus," the aims of "Rabbit Hol...

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